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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Los Altos boys & girls basketball teams off to successful starts in league

With a fourth-quarter flurry, the Los Altos High boys basketball team turned a close game into a rout last week at Milpitas.

The Eagles, ahead by only two at the end of the third quarter, outscored the Trojans 25-7 the rest of the way to win their SCVAL De Anza Division opener 85-65.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said the Jan. 8 game changed when his team “decided to increase the intensity of our defense and the execution of our offense.”

Joe Malgesini scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth period. The senior buried a trio of 3-pointers in the contest. Danny Rosenbaum added 21 points, while Steven Garverick contributed 17 and “probably had the best overall game, playing excellent post defense and taking efficient shots,” McFarlane said.

Pinewood is off to a 2-0 start in the West Bay Athletic League. The Panthers topped host Harker 49-45 Jan. 7 and defeated Woodside Priory 52-44 Friday in another road game.

Greg Naumann put up 17 points for the Panthers (10-2 overall) against Harker.

After a 10-0 start to the season, St. Francis has dropped two consecutive games to open West Catholic Athletic League play. The Lancers followed a 69-42 loss at Mitty Jan. 7 with a 63-47 setback to visiting Serra Friday. Matthew Tripaldi scored 12 points in Friday’s contest.

Girls basketball

Los Altos extended its winning streak to eight games by edging Santa Clara 47-46 Jan. 7 in the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for both teams.

The visiting Eagles outscored the Bruins 25-16 in the second half.

Allegra Maeso scored 12 points for Los Altos (9-3 overall) and Rebecca Andrews added nine.

A 17-8 fourth-quarter spurt pushed Pinewood to a 59-51 win over International Jan. 8 in non-league play. Leeana Bade and Marissa Hing scored 15 points each to pace the Panthers (12-1).

St. Francis began its WCAL slate with a 59-57 home loss to Mitty Jan. 8. The Lancers were outscored 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Marisa Mondave and Kiana Tom totaled 12 points each for St. Francis.

The Lancers rebounded Friday by beating host Notre Dame-Belmont 55-26. Tom scored 18 points and Mondave 16 for St. Francis (8-5 overall), which jumped to a 30-11 lead by halftime.

Boys soccer

Mountain View’s 3-0 win at Fremont Friday to open De Anza Division play marked coach Jim McGuirk’s 250th victory. McGuirk has coached the Spartans for 25 years and graduated from the school when it was known as Awalt.

St. Francis played Serra to a 1-1 draw Saturday in WCAL action. Luke Newquist scored for the Lancers (3-1-1 league, 4-1-3 overall).

Girls soccer

In its SCVAL De Anza Division opener, Los Altos played Palo Alto to a 2-all tie Jan. 8.

Trailing 2-0 at intermission, the Eagles evened the score on goals by Katie Winters (penalty kick) and Rebecca Andrews (assist Julia Goupil).

Visiting Los Altos went to 2-2-2 overall.

After opening WBAL Foothill Division play with a pair of losses, Pinewood capped last week with a 4-1 home win over Notre Dame-San Jose. Etelle Stephan and Olivia Biggs scored two goals each.

Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaf said the Panthers (2-9 overall) “can feel good about the way we played (Saturday).”

Wrestling

St. Francis topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 38-33 in WCAL action Jan. 8.

Robert Kresge (182 pounds), John Casarez (195) and Takoa Ahoia (285) earned pins for the visiting Lancers.

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